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Computer programmers and interactive media developers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 2174

Computer programmers write, modify, integrate and test computer code for software applications, data processing applications, operating systems-level software and communications software. Interactive media developers write, modify, integrate and test computer code for Internet and mobile applications, computer-based training software, computer games, film, video and other interactive media. They are employed in computer software development firms, information technology consulting firms, and in information technology units throughout the private and public sectors.

Job Duties for Computer programmers and interactive media developers

Computer programmers
  • Write, modify, integrate and test software code
  • Maintain existing computer programs by making modifications as required
  • Identify and communicate technical problems, processes and solutions
  • Prepare reports, manuals and other documentation on the status, operation and maintenance of software
  • Assist in the collection and documentation of user requirements
  • Assist in the development of logical and physical specifications
  • May lead and co-ordinate teams of computer programmers
  • May research and evaluate a variety of software products.
Interactive media developers
  • Program animation software to predefined specifications for interactive video games, Internet and mobile applications
  • Program special effects software for film and video applications
  • Write, modify, integrate and test software code for e-commerce, Internet and mobile applications
  • Assist in the collection and documentation of user requirements
  • Assist in the development of logical and physical specifications
  • May lead and co-ordinate teams of interactive media developers
  • May research and evaluate a variety of interactive media software products.

Working Conditions for Computer programmers and interactive media developers

Work is performed indoors while sitting for extended periods of time. Eye strain and wrist injury is a risk when working, requiring ample breaks from computer tasks.

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